Health & safety engineers make sure that all manufacturing processes are safe for employees and that products pass safety codes.

Becoming a health and safety engineer is a great career option for you if you’re interested in multiple areas of engineering, as well as making sure other people are happy and healthy. As a health and safety engineer, you’ll work to protect the lives of every person in your company on a daily basis. You’re the person who makes sure that the work environment is friendly and safe for every single employee, from the production floor to the warehouse. You’ll apply engineering principles to the real world, finding solutions to problems and constantly working towards a better workplace.

You’ll spend a lot of time out on the production floor and in the warehouse, making sure that the equipment and employee behavior meet safety codes and standards. You’ll create and conduct tests, recording the results and creating detailed reports that will be sent to management and government offices. Your focus will be on factors like air quality, safe equipment handling, and chemical toxicity.

Employees will come to you with complaints about their working environment; it will be your job to address the issue as quickly as possible. You’ll need to know the principles behind electrical, mechanical, chemical, and industrial engineering, as well as have a solid knowledge base in human biology.

Health and safety engineers are required to have a bachelor’s degree, and many different fields of engineering can lead to this job. Consider courses in human biology and an internship in order to make you a stand-out in the field.

Also Known As:

Industrial Safety and Health Engineer, Product Safety Engineer, Environmental Science, Protection Technician

Critical Skills


  • Analyze Test Results and Data
  • Computers
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Tools and Equipment
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety Regulations


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes
  • Recommend process and product safety features
  •  Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment for potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance
  • Install safety devices on machinery
  • Investigate workplace medical problems to determine causes and prevention
  • Review plans for new equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met
  • Report or review accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing
  • Interview employers and employees to obtain information about workplace
  • Evaluate actions taken to correct health inspection violations
  • Review employee safety programs

Special Requirements

  • Degree from an ABET Accrediated College


  • Environmental Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Pollution Control

How to get this job

This position requires some work experience in health, safety or hazardous materials. Most employees begin by working under the director of health and safety and move up through a company. At least 4 years of experience is needed.

Next Steps for this job

Gain experience with Microsoft Office and project management.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.